Friday, March 9, 2007
Backpackers crossing Bering Strait rescued
Associated Press March 9, 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Army National Guard members on Thursday
rescued three Korean backpackers stranded on an ice floe in the
The backpackers were trying to walk across the ice pack from
Russia and Alaska but somehow became stranded, Pierre said. They
were picked up from a floe 17 miles southwest of Tin City on
Alaska's western coast.
``Everything's good; there were no serious injuries,'' said
McHugh Pierre, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs.
The Russians would not allow the backpackers to cross unless
they made emergency arrangements with someone in United States,
The backpackers carried a satellite phone and made a
deal with a private service, but that company's helicopter had
mechanical problems Thursday, Pierre said.
Instead, an Army National Guard helicopter picked up the
backpackers, and took them to Nome.
The backpackers were identified as Park Yough Seok, 43; Oh Hee
Joon, 36; and Lee Hyeong Mo, 38.